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Monica Shiakou
Chairperson, Associate Professor, Educational Psychology
School of Humanities, Social and Education Sciences
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Academic Qualifications
Qualification Year Awarding Institution
Ph.D., Educational Psychology 2007 Birkbeck University of London, London (United Kingdom)
MSc Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology 2003 UCL, Anna Freud Centre, London (United Kingdom)
BSc Psychology 2002 University of Sheffield, Sheffield (United Kingdom)
Employment History
Period of employment Employer Location Position
From To
2007 Present European University Cyprus Chairperson of the Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Associate Professor of Psychology
2018 Present Cyprus Police Lecturer
  • Year Title Other authors Journal and Publisher / Conference Vol. Pages
    2018 “Changes in children’s after school time use in Cyprus: Play and Education” International Journal of Play 7(2)
    2018 Assessing the role of drama on children’s understanding of bullying. Piki. L International Journal of School and Educational Psychology DOI:10.1080/21683603.2018.1499574
    2013 Exploring parent attitudes towards children’s play and learning in Cyprus. Belsky,J. Journal of Research in Childhood Education 27(1) 17-30
    2011 “Representations of attachment patterns in the family drawings of maltreated and non-maltreated children” Child Abuse Review 21(3) 203-218
    2010 “What do children understand? Communicating health behavior in a European multi-centre study” Hebestreit ,A., Keimer, M., Hassel, H.,Nappo, A., Eiben, G., Alvira, J.M.F., Kovacs, E., Lasn, H. Journal of Public Health 18 (4) 391-401
    2010 “Formative research to develop the IDEFICS physical activity intervention component: findings from focus groups with children and parents” Haerens L, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Barba G, Eiben G, Fernandez J, Hebestreit A, Kovács E, Lasn H, Regber S, De Henauw S Journal of Physical Activity & Health 7 246-256
    2009 “Developing the IDEFICS community-based intervention program to enhance eating behaviors in 2- to8-year-old children: findings from focus groups with children and parents” Haerens L, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Barba G, Eiben G, Fernandez J, Hebestreit A, Kovács E, Lasn H, Regber S, De Henauw S. Health Education Research 24(3) 381-93
    2009 “Exploring Effects of Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Cyprus” Belsky, J. Early Education & Development 20 565 - 583
Ref. Number Date Topic International / Local Location* Role in Exhibition
1 29 Sept. 2017 Research Promotion Foundation Researchers Night “Take time to Play with your Children” Local Cyprus State Fair Leader
2 30 Sept. 2016 Research Promotion Foundation Researchers Night “Take time to Play with your Children” Local FILOXENIA International Conference Centre Leader
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Research Projects
Date Title Funded by Project Role*
2018-2021 Halting Harassment and Abuse in Sports using Learning Technologies E+ Sports Collaborative Partnerships Research Team Member
2017-2018 Measuring and identification of the types of school violence and their relation with gender Ministry of Education and Culture & Observatory of Violence and Schools Project Coordinator
2013-2015 Keep our children safe in Cyprus (KCSC) European Commission Research Team Member
2015 Alcohol use amongst high school students Koultoura/Mera/0914 Research Promotion Foundation and Ministry of Education and Culture Research Team Member
2013-2015 Combating Violence and Bullying among Young People European Commission Research Team Member
2013-2014 MENTA 50+ Learning to take actions for the mental fitness and wellbeing in older age                         European Commission Research Team Member
2012-2013 Nicosia Elementary School Intervention Program for Healthy Food and Lifestyle Choices Coca-Cola Foundation Research Team Member
Academic Consulting Services/Councils/Boards/Editorial Committees
Period Organization Title of Position or Service Key Activities
Hope for Children" UNCRC Policy Centre" Coordinator of the Beat Bullying Campaign Design, lead and implement activities of the campaign island wide. Activities include research, teacher and parent education, peer to peer education in schools, consultation and intervention in cases of school violence, media representative for campaign. Within the last two years, training on identifying and dealing with incidents of bullying within the school context have been carried out on over 300 teachers and school counsellors. Further- more, experiential workshops have been carried out to over 100 children and youth. (
Observatory of School Violence, Ministry of Education and Culture, Cyprus External Associate Involved in the decision making and lobbing for the implementation for actions against bullying within the school context, and in addition contributing to the design of joint initiatives with other involved partners
2011-2013 European Federation of Psychological Association (EFPA). Standing Committee of Psychology in Education Cyprus Representative Selected to represent Cyprus in Europe on matters concerning Educational Psychology (
Awards/International Recognition
Other Achievements